You will flourish as you nourish your spiritual well-being with simple practices that create more openness, groundedness, and energy to support all the tasks on your list. A new list to consider making, is your “to be” list. How would you like to be in your life? How would you like to express your uniqueness? What would your day look like then? That is one way to start creating freedom and flow in your life.
Find what’s Nourishing and Productive
Make what you are doing more nourishing and discover how much more productive you can be when you nourish yourself, your home and your relationships. Nourishment and productivity feed into each other and foster an energy exchange. Your spirit becomes free, your heart opens, and you renew your commitment to living your life in a way that is soul nurturing for you. You decide that, “I Matter” and become more mindful of what feeds your soul.
Thich Nhat Hahn explains, “Mindfulness is a kind of light that shows us the way. It gives birth to insight, awakening, compassion and love. Mindfulness encourages us to become alive again, capable of enjoying all the wonders of life”. It’s another way of creating freedom and fulfillment.
It’s important to know when to put your best foot forward, and when to step back. If you are not at your best and not showing up in the world the way that expresses your true nature, it’s time to step back and regroup. To recover yourself to be yourself. This is when it becomes nourishing and productive to take refuge.
It’s in that transition space you decide whether to keep going in that direction, or turn around and get back on course. It gives you a chance to S.T.O.P.– Steady yourself. Think. Open to what’s available. Proceed.
Honour your values and priorities by knowing what they are, and create boundaries to protect them. This includes deciding where to direct your time and energy. Whatever you put on your to-do list, let it be action steps that are aligned with your true values, and include self-care and soul care.
You don’t need every part of your journey figured out, however it’s nice to have some sort of idea of where you want to be, what you want to be doing once you get there, and how you would feel once you arrived. This will help guide you on your path. One doesn’t always have patience or trust in this process however. Impatience blocks you from creating freedom and flow. Below are six reasons you might feel impatient.
6 Reasons People Are Impatient
Our fast-paced society has us frustrated over small things. Even though we know we need to learn how to be patient, we all still struggle, and here’s why:
Our habits are disrupted. Habits offer comfort. They give us a sense of calm in a chaotic world. We become impatient when something comes along and disrupts our typically scheduled patterns.
Things are important, but time is running out. You have an important meeting. While you left with plenty of time to get there, delays occurred. You may have a flat tire, or there is an accident on the highway. As the clock hands move closer to the appointment time, your patience grows thinner and thinner.
Other people succeed, and we don’t. The comparison trap can cause much upheaval in your life. Seeing others succeed in pursuing their goals while you are stuck in a rut is bound to cause jealousy and some impatience on your part.
We feel overwhelmed. Having too much to do leaves many of us feeling overwhelmed. So we move from task to task, working fast and efficiently until someone comes along and tips the apple cart. Now things are stalled, and patience is lost.
We don’t see results as fast as we think we should. Let’s say you want to lose weight. You research methods and choose to eat healthier and exercise. You start out great and drop seven pounds your first month. Then you lose two; then none for several weeks. When progress stalls, it is easy to grow impatient.
We are tired and hungry. Anytime you are tired, you are likely to lose your patience with others fast. Being hungry has the same effect.
Creating Freedom and Flow
Recognizing why we become impatient is the first step in pursuing a happier life filled with patience. Consider which of these reasons play the most significant factors for you, and then learn how to combat impatience. Take a minute to S.T.O.P.- Steady yourself. Think. Open to what’s available. Proceed. Consider patience as “peace in action”. Moving from a steady and peaceful state ensures you will find more freedom and flow.
Jennifer Regular is a Soul-Centred Empowerment Coach guiding purpose-driven entrepreneurs to focus on the difference they want to make in alignment with their Soul Calling, while effectively managing their time and energy to prevent overwhelm. She is also the Author of Embrace Your Power: A Healing Journal of Self-Discovery and the host of the Wisdom Speakers & Seekers Podcast and Wise Woman Wednesdays on YouTube. Download your guide to Living With Passion and Purpose here.